February 8, 2011
Posted: 02:55 PM ET
Coral Gables, FL – On August 22, 2004, John Sutton and his wife Susan invited their adopted son Christopher and his girlfriend Juliette to their Coral Gables home for a casual dinner to celebrate Susan’s birthday. A couple of hours later, Christopher and Juliette left to catch a movie. The elder Suttons settled in for the evening. John went to his bedroom to watch the Athens Olympics and Susan did some office work in another bedroom. Approximately 10:30 p.m., an intruder broke into the house. He fatally shot Susan Sutton and wounded John Sutton, leaving him permanently blind. The crime was labeled an attempted robbery and remained unsolved for almost seven months. During that time, Christopher assisted in nursing his father back to health. In March 2005, police investigators made a link via a computer database between the ballistics evidence found at the crime scene and a gun taken from 20-year-old Garrett Kopp. Kopp was arrested in nearby Homestead, FL on aggravated assault charges on August 23, 2004, the day after the Sutton shooting. Kopp was arrested on March 15, 2005 and charged with first-degree murder. Facing a life sentence, Kopp confessed and made a sworn statement implicating Christopher Sutton. Detectives arrested Christopher about three weeks later on April 9, 2005 and charged him with first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary.
Tune into In Session for FL v. Christopher Sutton!
-Jim Kyle, In Session Field Producer
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